Which Cricut Accessories & Supplies Do I REALLY Need?

Yay, you have a brand new Cricut Explore, Cricut Joy, or Cricut Maker! But which tools, supplies, and accessories do you actually NEED to get started? This is the ultimate list of Cricut accessories & supplies for beginners, plus the ones you may want to splurge on later!

When you first get your Cricut machine and start thinking about all the cool stuff it can do, it can be a bit overwhelming. If you visit the Cricut.com shop and take a look at all the different cutting materials, tools, and accessories that are available, it can get even more overwhelming!

But don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for! Here’s my ultimate list of Cricut accessories & supplies for beginners, plus a few things you can splurge on later if you want!

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Cricut Accessories & Supplies Every Beginner Needs

…and what you can splurge on later!

All Cricut machines come with everything you need to start cutting already in the box. The basic fine-point blade is included, cutting mats are included, plus all the power cords you need are included. The one thing that isn’t included is materials to cut, like paper, vinyl, etc.

So the first question you need to ask yourself is “What types of Cricut projects do you want to do with your machine?” Obviously, different projects require different cutting materials (like paper, vinyl, fabric, wood, etc.), but they also may require additional tools and accessories for your machine.

This article is really long, not because there are a ton of things you need, but because I try to go into enough detail about all the accessories and supplies that you have a good understanding and can make informed decisions about what you do and don’t need. Use the table of contents links below to jump to a specific section!

Table of Contents
  1. Cricut Accessories & Supplies Every Beginner Needs
  2. Must-Have Cricut Accessories For The Cricut Maker
    1. What Comes In The Box
    2. Cricut Maker Cutting Mats
    3. Cricut Maker Blades & Tools
    4. Basic Tools & Accessories for Cricut Maker
    5. Cricut Maker Pens
    6. Shop The Must-Have Accessories For The Cricut Maker
  3. Must-Have Cricut Accessories For The Cricut Explore Machines
    1. What Comes In The Box
    2. Cricut Explore Cutting Mats
    3. Cricut Explore Blades
    4. Basic Tools & Accessories for Cricut Explore
    5. Cricut Explore Pens
    6. Shop The Must-Have Accessories For The Cricut Explore Machines
  4. Must-Have Cricut Accessories For The Cricut Joy
    1. What Comes In The Box
    2. Cricut Joy Cutting Mats
    3. Cricut Joy Blades
    4. Basic Tools & Accessories For Cricut Joy
    5. Cricut Joy Pens
    6. Shop The Must-Have Accessories For The Cricut Joy
  5. Must-Have Cricut Supplies & Materials
    1. Adhesive Vinyl
    2. Iron-On or Heat Transfer Vinyl
    3. Paper & Cardstock
    4. Fabric
    5. Shop The Must-Have Cricut Supplies & Materials
  6. Nice-To-Haves You Can Splurge On Later
    1. Cricut Maker Blades & Tools
    2. Cricut EasyPress
    3. Cricut Storage
    4. Specialty Cricut Materials
    5. Maker-Only Materials
    6. Joy-Only Materials
    7. Infusible Ink
    8. Other Fun Cricut Materials
    9. Cricut Access Subscription
    10. Cricut BrightPad
    11. Shop The Nice-To-Haves

Must-Have Cricut Accessories For The Cricut Maker

What Comes In The Box

The Cricut Maker comes with the Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing, a 12″ x 12″ LightGrip Mat, and a black Fine Point Pen, plus all of the cords you need to get it hooked up and powered on. The Maker also comes with the Rotary Blade + Drive Housing as well as a 12″ x 12″ FabricGrip Mat so that you can cut fabric right out of the box!

champagne cricut maker on office desk
Photo credit: Cricut

Cricut Maker Cutting Mats

Cricut cutting mats come in 12″ x 12″ and 12″ x 24″, and a variety of “strengths”. I suggest everyone get the variety pack of 12″ x 12″ mats; it comes with a LightGrip mat, a StandardGrip mat, and a StrongGrip mat, which (along with the FabricGrip mat that comes with the machine) will allow you to cut pretty much whatever you want!

The blue LightGrip mat is what comes standard with most new machines, and that is great for most regular materials like paper and cardstock, and also for lightweight materials like vellum or lightweight paper.

If you plan on cutting vinyl, iron-on, medium weight cardstock, etc. you’ll want the green StandardGrip mat. For heavier materials like poster board, thick card stock, or anything that tends to slip on the mat a little, use the StrongGrip mat.

If you have longer materials, you can grab 12″ x 24″ cutting mats in LightGrip, StandardGrip, StrongGrip, or a variety pack of all three. These are useful for cutting 12×24 paper or vinyl that comes in a roll.

You can also grab the pink FabricGrip mat in 12″ x 24″ as well (or get a second 12″ x 12″ if you do tons of fabric projects). The FabricGrip mats have a lightweight adhesive so your fabric doesn’t fray when removing it from the mat, but the mat itself is really durable to stand up to the pressure of the machine when cutting fabric.

Pro Tip

Before you use a brand new mat, stick it to your pants or your shirt a couple of times to “prime” it. Brand new mats are super sticky, and it’s basically impossible to get your project off the mat until the adhesive has been used a couple of times and is slightly less sticky. The lint from your clothing will help the mat lose some of it’s “new mat stickiness”, but don’t worry, it’ll still be plenty sticky enough for your project!

Cricut Maker Blades & Tools

Your machine already comes with a premium fine-point blade and housing, as well as the rotary blade and housing. Both of those blades will last a long time, but if you notice that your cuts aren’t as crisp and clean as they once were, grab a fine-point replacement blade or rotary blade replacement kit and switch out your old blade for a brand new one.

Between the standard fine-point blade and the rotary blade, you can cut tons of materials with your Cricut Maker. But if you want to cut specialty materials or use additional tools to engrave, deboss, perforate, etc. there are a bunch of blades and tools that are compatible with the Maker’s Adaptive Tool System. (You can check those out in the Nice To Haves section.)

Basic Tools & Accessories for Cricut Maker

I absolutely LOVE the Cricut Essentials Tool Set and I recommend it no matter what machine you have; it comes with every tool and accessory you’ll need to use your Cricut! It has:

  • tweezers, great for lifting and holding small pieces
  • weeder, to remove tiny extra scraps
  • scissors with a protective blade cover
  • spatula, to help lift cut pieces up off the mat
  • scraper, perfect for scraping material scraps off any of your cutting mats
  • scoring stylus, use it to add fold lines to paper projects
  • paper trimmer for materials up to 12″ wide
  • replacement blade for the trimmer
  • scoring blade for the trimmer
cricut essentials tool set

I also strongly suggest you grab the XL Scraper as well. It makes cleaning your mats SUPER easy!

And the last thing that is an absolute must-have is the brayer and broad-tip tweezer set. The brayer is perfect for adhering fabric to your FabricGrip mat, and the broad-tip tweezer lets you lift up the cut fabric pieces with ease without actually having to touch the mat. The oils on your fingers can shorten the life of the adhesive on your mats, so these two are a must! (I use the brayer and tweezers on all my other mats as well, not just for fabric.)

Cricut Maker Pens

Cricut Pens kinda straddle the border between a must-have and a nice-to-have. But if you do a lot of paper projects, or if your handwriting is a little messy, they are awesome!

Personally, I love them for making cards, invitations, and addressing envelopes. My handwriting is pretty terrible, so being able to get “pretty handwriting” from my Cricut makes these pens indispensable. The pens come in every color, and even some fun types like metallic and glitter pens. I recommend the 30 piece pen set which gives you one of every color!

Shop The Must-Have Accessories For The Cricut Maker

12″ x 12″ cutting mats, variety pack
12″ x 24″ FabricGrip cutting mat
Cricut essentials tool set
Cricut pens, fine-point, 30 piece set
12″ x 24″ cutting mats, variety pack
Fine-point replacement blade
XL scraper
12″ x 12″ FabricGrip cutting mat
Rotary blade replacement kit
Brayer and broad-tipped tweezers set

(Sometimes you can also find Cricut machines & accessories on Amazon, though usually the sales at Cricut.com make the prices better from Cricut directly.)


Must-Have Cricut Accessories For The Cricut Explore Machines

What Comes In The Box

The Cricut Explore Air 2 is the only Explore model still sold by Cricut, but all of the Cricut Explore machines (including the older models) come with the Premium Fine-Point Blade + Housing and a 12″ x 12″ LightGrip Mat, plus all of the cords you need to get it hooked up and powered on. The Cricut Explore Air and Air 2 also come with a black Fine Point Pen. (You can use the Cricut Pens with the Explore One if you purchase the necessary adapter.)

light blue cricut explore air 2 on desk with craft supplies
Photo credit: Cricut

Cricut Explore Cutting Mats

My suggestions here are the same as for the Maker—I suggest you get a couple of extra mats to start out with. Cricut cutting mats come in 12″ x 12″ and 12″ x 24″, and a variety of “strengths”. I suggest everyone get the variety pack of 12″ x 12″ mats; it comes with a LightGrip mat, a StandardGrip mat, and a StrongGrip mat, which will allow you to cut pretty much whatever you want!

The blue LightGrip mat is what comes standard with most new machines, and that is great for most regular materials like paper and cardstock, and also for lightweight materials like vellum or lightweight paper.

If you plan on cutting vinyl, iron-on, medium weight cardstock, etc. you’ll want the green StandardGrip mat. For heavier materials like posterboard, thick card stock, or anything that tends to slip on the mat a little, use the StrongGrip mat.

If you have longer materials, you can grab 12″ x 24″ cutting mats in LightGrip, StandardGrip, StrongGrip, or a variety pack of all three. These are useful for cutting 12×24 paper or vinyl that comes in a roll.

And for anyone who plans on cutting fabric with their Cricut, the pink FabricGrip mat in 12″ x 12″ and 12″ x 24″ are a must! They have a lightweight adhesive so your fabric doesn’t fray when removing it from the mat, but the mat itself is really durable to stand up to the pressure of the machine when cutting fabric.

Pro Tip

Before you use a brand new mat, stick it to your pants or your shirt a couple of times to “prime” it. Brand new mats are super sticky, and it’s basically impossible to get your project off the mat until the adhesive has been used a couple of times and is slightly less sticky. The lint from your clothing will help the mat lose some of it’s “new mat stickiness”, but don’t worry, it’ll still be plenty sticky enough for your project!

Cricut Explore Blades

Your machine already comes with a premium fine-point blade and housing, and that thing will last you forever! But if you notice that your cuts aren’t as crisp and clean as they once were, grab a fine-point replacement blade and switch out your old blade for a brand new one.

There are two other blade options for the Cricut Explore machines for specialty materials. The fine-point blade that comes with your machine can cut most things, but if you want to cut fabric or really thick materials like chipboard, magnets, or rubber, you’ll want the Bonded Fabric Blade or the Deep Point Blade.

Bonded fabric blade, deep point blade, and fine point blade

The Deep Point Blade has a steeper blade angle (60 degrees instead of 45 degrees) and is made of a harder, more durable steel. It’s recommended for magnet sheets, chipboard, stamp material, thick cardstock, stiffened felt, foam sheets, and cardboard.

The Bonded Fabric Blade is actually the same as the fine-point blade that comes with your machine, but the blade and housing are pink to match the FabricGrip mat. For the same reason you have fabric scissors and regular scissors, it makes a lot of sense to have the fabric blade as well as the blade that comes with your machine. The sharper the blade, the better it will cut, so if you only use your fabric blade for fabric, and use the other blade for everything else, your fabric blade will stay sharp and make cleaner cuts on your fabric.

Basic Tools & Accessories for Cricut Explore

I absolutely LOVE the Cricut Essentials Tool Set! No matter which machine you have, it has every tool and accessory you’ll need to use your Cricut. It has:

  • tweezers, great for lifting and holding small pieces
  • weeder, to remove tiny extra scraps
  • scissors with a protective blade cover
  • spatula, to help lift cut pieces up off the mat
  • scraper, perfect for scraping material scraps off any of your cutting mats
  • scoring stylus, use it to add fold lines to paper projects
  • paper trimmer for materials up to 12″ wide
  • replacement blade for the trimmer
  • scoring blade for the trimmer

I also strongly suggest you grab the XL Scraper as well. It makes cleaning your mats SUPER easy!

Cricut Explore Pens

Just like with the Maker, Cricut Pens kinda straddle the border between a must-have and a nice-to-have, but if you do a lot of paper projects, or if your handwriting is a little messy, they are awesome!

cricut fine point pens 30 piece set

Personally, I love them for making cards, invitations, and addressing envelopes. My handwriting is pretty terrible, so being able to get “pretty handwriting” from my Cricut makes these pens indispensable. The pens come in every color, and even some fun types like metallic and glitter pens. I recommend the 30 piece pen set which gives you one of every color!

Shop The Must-Have Accessories For The Cricut Explore Machines

12″ x 12″ cutting mats, variety pack
12″ x 24″ FabricGrip cutting mat
Deep point blade
Cricut pens, fine-point, 30 piece set
12″ x 24″ cutting mats, variety pack
Fine-point replacement blade
Cricut essentials tool set
12″ x 12″ FabricGrip cutting mat
Bonded fabric blade
XL scraper

(Sometimes you can also find Cricut machines & accessories on Amazon, though usually the sales at Cricut.com make the prices better from Cricut directly.)


Must-Have Cricut Accessories For The Cricut Joy

What Comes In The Box

The Cricut Joy comes with the Cricut Joy Blade + Housing, black Cricut Joy Fine Point Pen, and a 4.5″ x 6.5″ StandardGrip Mat, plus all of the cords you need to get it hooked up and powered on.

cricut joy on kitchen table writing labels for spice jars with fine point Cricut pen and Smart Label writable vinyl
Photo credit: Cricut

Cricut Joy Cutting Mats

Since the Joy can cut Smart materials without a mat and it comes with a StandardGrip mat in the box, I don’t think you really need to buy any additional mats for 90% of the projects you are probably going to do.

But the Cricut Joy does have a card mat that allows you to make and personalize insert cards with your machine, which is pretty awesome! Normally you would have to lay your material flat to run it through the machine, but the card mat allows you to run a folded card through the machine and still only cuts the front of the card without cutting all the way through both folded layers.

Pro Tip

Before you use a brand new mat, stick it to your pants or your shirt a couple of times to “prime” it. Brand new mats are super sticky, and it’s basically impossible to get your project off the mat until the adhesive has been used a couple of times and is slightly less sticky. The lint from your clothing will help the mat lose some of it’s “new mat stickiness”, but don’t worry, it’ll still be plenty sticky enough for your project!

Cricut Joy Blades

Your machine already comes with a blade and housing installed, and that thing will last you forever! But if you notice that your cuts aren’t as crisp and clean as they once were, grab a Cricut Joy replacement blade and switch out your old blade for a brand new one.

Basic Tools & Accessories For Cricut Joy

If the Cricut Joy is the only cutting machine you have, there’s a great starter tool set that comes with a weeder tool, spatula, and a scraper. Those three tools will cover pretty much everything you’ll make with your Joy.

2007808 joy starter tool set

If you also have one of the larger Cricut machines, I absolutely LOVE the Cricut Essentials Tool Set; it comes with a few additional tools and accessories that come in super handy for larger sized projects. It has:

  • tweezers, great for lifting and holding small pieces
  • weeder, to remove tiny extra scraps
  • scissors with a protective blade cover
  • spatula, to help lift cut pieces up off the mat
  • scraper, perfect for scraping material scraps off any of your cutting mats
  • scoring stylus, use it to add fold lines to paper projects
  • paper trimmer for materials up to 12″ wide
  • replacement blade for the trimmer
  • scoring blade for the trimmer

Cricut Joy Pens

Just like with the larger machines, the Cricut Joy Pens kinda straddle the border between a must-have and a nice-to-have, but if you do a lot of paper projects, or if your handwriting is a little messy, they are awesome!

Personally, I love them for making cards, invitations, and addressing envelopes. My handwriting is pretty terrible, so being able to get “pretty handwriting” from my Cricut makes these pens indispensable. The pens come in every color, fun finishes like metallic and glitter, and you can even get Infusible Ink pens and markers that are compatible with the Cricut Joy.

Shop The Must-Have Accessories For The Cricut Joy

Cricut Joy card mat
Cricut essentials tool set
Cricut Joy replacement blade
Cricut Joy pens and markers
Starter tool set

(Sometimes you can also find Cricut machines & accessories on Amazon, though usually the sales at Cricut.com make the prices better from Cricut directly.)


Must-Have Cricut Supplies & Materials

The supplies and materials you need to get started with your Cricut vary a lot depending on the types of projects you like to do. That makes it a little hard to suggest “must-haves” in terms of materials, but I do have 3 different materials I think everyone should try cutting at least once, just so you can get the hang of your machine and see if you like those types of projects!

Adhesive Vinyl

The first one is adhesive vinyl. It comes in TONS of colors and a variety of styles, like matte, glossy, glitter, foil, holographic, outdoor, flocked, dry erase, chalkboard, and more. Adhesive vinyl can be used for anything, from decals and labels to personalized kitchen containers, electronic device covers, car windows, and anything else your heart desires.

For people just getting started, I suggest grabbing the basic Cricut vinyl sampler, which comes with twelve 12″ x 12″ sheets of adhesive vinyl in a variety of colors. That will get you started, and if you end up loving vinyl, check out the Nice-To-Haves section to see more fun kinds of specialty and patterned vinyl you can try.

Iron-On or Heat Transfer Vinyl

The next thing I suggest everybody try at least once is heat transfer vinyl or iron-on. Again, iron-on comes in tons of colors and styles, like matte, glossy, glitter, foil, flocked, flexible, patterned, neon, and more. It’s great for tons of projects like customizing T-shirts, baby onesies, hats, and team or club wear, making bags, aprons, home décor, and more!

Peel away clear transfer sheet from heat transfer vinyl after pressing with cricut easypress
Cousin crew t-shirts made with Everyday iron-on

Personally, my favorite thing to do with iron-on is make baby onesies; they are so easy to make and they are the perfect gift for any new mom! I suggest getting a sampler pack of Everyday iron-on to get started; each sampler pack has three 12″ x 12″ sheets of iron-on in a variety of matching colors. That’s enough for you to make a t-shirt or onesie or tote bag, and if you end up loving iron-on, check out the Nice-To-Haves section to see more fun kinds of specialty and patterned iron-on you can try.

Paper & Cardstock

The third material I think everybody should try is paper! Even if you don’t do a lot of paper crafting, it’s always fun to make homemade greeting cards and envelopes! You can choose from tons of different kinds of paper, including patterned scrapbook paper, cardstock, poster board, foil or glitter paper, corrugated cardboard, kraft paper, and more.

I suggest everyone grab a cardstock sampler in whatever colors you like best. You can start with a simple greeting card and envelope, and if you end up loving working with paper, check out the Nice-To-Haves section to see more fun kinds of specialty paper you can try.

Fabric

If you have a Cricut Maker, you really should get some fabric and try cutting it (yes, even if you don’t do a lot of sewing or fabric projects normally!) The rotary blade cuts through fabric like butter and can do some pretty intricate cuts! You can just go to your local fabric store and pick up whatever you want; the rotary blade can cut through most fabrics.

Cricut maker cutting fabric
Cutting fabric with a Cricut Maker to make softie baby blocks

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If you do any projects with vinyl, I strongly suggest you also get some transfer tape. It’s a slightly see-through paper/tape that’s sticky on one side; you use it to transfer the cut-out vinyl design from the backing paper to your project surface without messing up the spacing between letters or shapes. (If you use iron-on, it comes on a sticky plastic backing already so you don’t need anything additional for positioning your iron-on onto your projects.)

Adhesive vinyl sampler pack
Transfer tape
Everyday Iron-On sampler pack
Cardstock sampler pack

(I also love to get vinyl and iron-on from Expressions Vinyl online. They have every kind of specialty and regular vinyl and iron-on at great prices! Also, sometimes you can find Cricut machines & accessories on Amazon, though usually the sales at Cricut.com make the prices better from Cricut directly.)


Nice-To-Haves You Can Splurge On Later

After you’ve picked up the basic accessories and supplies you need to get started and have gotten more comfortable with your machine, here are some of my favorite Cricut supplies and accessories. You don’t absolutely need these, but if you’re using your machine all the time and you love it, these are really awesome to have!

Cricut Maker Blades & Tools

Because of the Adaptive Tool System, the Maker can use a bunch of other blades and tools aside from the standard fine point and rotary blades.

  • The knife blade lets you cut thicker or denser materials like balsa wood (up to 3/32”), basswood (up to 1/16″), tooling leather (up to 7 oz), garment leather (up to 5oz), chipboard (2mm), matboard (2-ply or 4-ply), and craft foam (up to 3mm). And you can grab a knife blade replacement kit if your cuts ever start to come out less crisp and clean.
  • The scoring wheel gives you deeper, cleaner score lines than with the scoring stylus. It comes with two wheel tips: a single wheel tip for regular materials, and a double wheel tip for thicker or coated materials. With the double wheel tip, you can even score coated paper without cracking the coating when you fold it!
  • The fine debossing tool allows you to create crisp, detailed debossed designs. The wide range of motion of the rolling ceramic ball gives you free rein to create your own custom decorative flourishes, patterns, monograms, logos, seals, and more.
  • The engraving tool lets you make intricately engraved dog tags (human or canine), nameplates, inscribed art and decor, jewelry, monograms, keepsakes, and more.
  • The perforation blade creates uniform, finely perforated lines that give you clean, even tears without needing to fold first. It’s perfect for tear-out booklet pages, raffle tickets, homemade journals, shapes with curves, or for any project that requires a clean tear.
  • The wavy blade gives you a fun wavy edge on a variety of popular materials; use it on any material the Maker can cut!
Cricut maker tools and blades
Photo credit: Cricut

Cricut EasyPress

If you like iron-on, the EasyPress is a MUST! You can read more about it and see the first project I made with mine here, but basically, it’s a portable hot plate that gives you exact temperature control and allows you to get professional quality iron-on results in 60 seconds or less. They come in four different sizes for whatever type of project you do most: 12×10, 9×9, 6×7, and the EasyPress Mini.

You’ll also want to grab an EasyPress mat, a thick, cushiony mat that keeps your work surface safe from the heat and provides a stable base so you get even pressure over your whole project. (You can use a fluffy towel instead, but I find I get much better results with the EasyPress mat than I do with a towel.)

Cricut Storage

Once you start using your machine more and more, you’re going to start accumulating more tools and materials! Cricut has super cute rolling craft totes that are perfect for storing tools and accessories, as well as rolls of material. They also make machine totes to match that are designed to safely store or transport your machine, along with all the cords and accessories. And the machine totes can slide over the handle of the rolling tote and stack right on top for easy transportation of both at the same time! They even make machine totes for the EasyPress machines as well.

Specialty Cricut Materials

In the “must-have supplies” list I talked about the most basic vinyl, iron-on, and paper you can cut with your machine. But there are TONS of specialty materials that are super fun to use in your projects! Here are a list of some of my favorites and what I use them for:

Types Of Adhesive Vinyl

  • Basic – Comes in matte, glossy, metallic, etc. For indoor projects that won’t ever get wet: kitchen labels, canvases, signs, etc.
  • Premium Outdoor/Permanent – Comes in matte, glossy, metallic, pearl, etc. For any outdoors projects, or projects that might get wet: car window decals, mugs, tumblers, etc.
  • Premium Removable – For any project where you might want to remove the vinyl later: holiday window decor, seasonal decor, etc. (Quick note: this vinyl is removable for up to 2 years after you first apply it, but it cannot be reused once it has been removed. And if you don’t remove it, it will just stay put just like basic vinyl!)
  • Patterned – Comes with printed designs on the vinyl itself. Comes in permanent or removable.
  • Mosaic – Comes in a fun mosaic pattern in circles or squares to add a touch of elegance to your projects. Comes in permanent or removable.
  • Glitter, Holographic, and Adhesive Foil – Use anywhere you’d use regular vinyl but want to add some shimmer, sparkle, and shine.
  • Stencil Vinyl – Clear, adhesive-backed vinyl that’s perfect for creating your own stencils to use on wood, canvas, paper, plastics, and more.

Types Of Iron-On or Heat Transfer Vinyl

  • Everyday – Comes in matte, glossy, and metallic. Works great on the widest variety of base materials, including wood, and can be layered up to 3 times! For most iron-on projects: shirts, tote bags, onesies, hats, home decor, accessories, etc.
  • Foil, Holographic, and Glitter – For any iron-on project you would use Everyday iron-on for but want to add some shimmer, sparkle, and shine.
  • Patterned – Comes with printed designs on the iron-on itself. Use anywhere you’d use Everyday iron-on.
  • Mesh – This iron-on has small holes all over it to give it that athletic mesh look (and even some with heart-shaped or Mickey-shaped holes!) Use anywhere you’d use Everyday iron-on.
  • Mosaic – Comes in a fun mosaic pattern in circles or squares to add a touch of elegance to your projects. Use anywhere you’d use Everyday iron-on.
  • SportFlex – Thin, lightweight iron-on that stretches and flexes. Perfect for iron-on projects on activewear and tech fabrics like polyester and nylon.
How to make a hello im new here baby onesie with a cricut easypress 2
Foil and glitter iron-on on a cute baby onesie!

Paper & Cardstock

  • Scrapbook – Comes in every color and pattern imaginable. For most paper projects: cards, scrapbook pages, invitations, party decor, etc.
  • Foil Embossed, Pearl, and Sparkle/Shimmer – For any paper project where you would use Scrapbook paper but you want to add some shimmer, sparkle, and shine.
  • Cardstock – Comes in tons of colors, and glitter options as well. For most paper projects: greeting cards, school projects, banners, holiday or party decor, etc.
  • Poster Board – Comes in colors and foil colors. For projects where you want a thicker, more durable paper: gift boxes, school projects, banners, etc.

Maker-Only Materials

If you have a Cricut Maker, there are some extra specialty materials that only a Maker can cut!

  • Chipboard – Super sturdy board for projects that need a lot of support: gift boxes, photo frames, tags, decor, etc.
  • Leather – Both genuine leather and faux leather for any type of leather projects: purses, accessories, hair bows, etc.
  • Felt – Medium-weight felt for any felt project: kids’ crafts, baby decor, stuffed shapes, fun fashion, etc.
  • Corrugated Cardboard – Comes with coordinating flat sheets as well as corrugated ones. For projects where you want to add dimension or texture: 3D projects, sculptures, kid’s crafts, cards, scrapbooking, etc.
  • Kraft Board – Sturdy, heavy-weight paper that doesn’t crack, tear, or leave white score marks. For any paper project where you need a little extra support: gift boxes, bags, photo frames, tags, banners, etc.
  • Wood – Find basswood for building or natural wood veneers for decorating your wood projects!
  • Aluminum – These thin aluminum sheets are perfect for engraving with the engraving tool!

Joy-Only Materials

If you have a Cricut Joy, there are some extra Smart materials that only a Joy can cut!

  • Smart Vinyl – Comes in rolls up to 20 feet long, and it auto-loads for continuous cuts without using a mat. There are tons of colors and specialty finishes like shimmer, holographic, writable labels, metallic, and more. Comes in permanent or removable.
  • Smart Label – Write on this writable vinyl with Cricut Joy pens or markers, or even by hand. Comes in long rolls that auto-load for continuous cuts without using a mat; just load, let the machine write and cut, then you peel and stick!
  • Smart Iron-On – Comes in long rolls that auto-load for continuous cuts without using a mat. There are tons of colors and specialty finishes like glitter, holographic, and neon, plus lots of patterned iron-on with pre-printed designs.
  • Adhesive Backed Paper – This fun paper has mess-free adhesive on the back and a variety of patterns and colors on the front. Perfect for creating birthday cards, invitations, scrapbook pages, and more.
  • Insert Cards – Create vibrant two-tone greeting cards without the mess or hassle of glue! Just load the folded card onto the specialty card mat, and cut. Comes in a variety of colors and patterns, and each pack comes with coordinating envelopes.
  • Cricut Joy Infusible Ink Pens & Markers – Cricut Joy-sized pens and markers loaded with Infusible Ink so you can use your Joy for Infusible Ink projects!
Cricut joy personalized storage bins load smart holographic vinyl
Making labels with Smart iron-on

Infusible Ink

Infusible Ink products are fused directly into the surface of your project for seamlessly smooth transfers that never flake, peel, wrinkle, or crack!

  • Infusible Ink Transfer Sheets – These sheets are pre-inked with Infusible Ink in a variety of colors and patterns. Use them like iron-on, but for a smoother fused finish.
  • Infusible Ink Pens & Markers – These pens and markers load into your Cricut machine for drawing, just like standard Cricut pens and markers. Except these are loaded with Infusible Ink which will permanently fuse into your project when heated!
  • Infusible Ink Blanks – These are the blank/plain items that you build your Infusible Ink projects on. Cricut has t-shirts, baby bodysuits, tote bags, and coasters in round and square that are ready for your Infusible Ink design.

Other Fun Cricut Materials

  • Foil Acetate – clear material, perfect for card overlays, frames, gift boxes, envelopes, decor, etc.
  • Party Foil – medium-weight reflective foil sheets for party decor, etc.
  • Window Cling – make static cling decals in any shape or size; great for holiday decor, parties, kids activities, school decor, etc.
  • Washi Sheets – Low-tack, semi-opaque adhesive ideal for layering with paper
  • Printable Materials – design and make your own vinyl and stickers

Cricut Access Subscription

All new machines come with a free trial of Cricut Access, which gives you unlimited access to over 400 fonts, over 100,000 images, and over 7,000 ready-to-make projects, and great discounts on every single Cricut product (including machines and sale items!)

If your free trial has run out, I strongly suggest you sign up for a membership; it is so worth it! With the Standard Cricut Access plan you get unlimited access to over 400 beautiful fonts, unlimited use of over 100,000 cut‑ready images, 7,000 pre-designed projects, access to the priority member care support line, which has 50% less wait time, and 10% savings on all product purchases on cricut.com, including machines, accessories, materials, sale items, and more! You also get 10% savings on premium licensed fonts, images, and ready‑to‑make projects from brands like Disney, Star Wars, Sanrio, Simplicity, and Anna Griffin.

With the Premium Cricut Access plan (the one I have, and the one I recommend for everyone) you get all of that same stuff PLUS up to 50% savings on additional licensed fonts, images, and ready‑to‑make projects that aren’t included in the Standard Access plan, as well as free shipping on orders over $50.

The Standard plan is either $9.99/month if you pay month by month, or $7.99/month if you pay yearly. The Premium plan is only $9.99/month paid yearly. It’s the same price as the monthly Standard subscription and you get so much more!

Cricut BrightPad

If you do a lot of vinyl projects, the BrightPad makes it SUPER easy to weed away the extra vinyl after your machine finishes the cut. You can also use it for tracing, paper piecing quilt patterns, jewelry making, and more!

Shop The Nice-To-Haves

Cricut Maker knife blade
Cricut Maker engraving tool
Cricut EasyPress 2
Cricut machine tote
Removable adhesive vinyl
Glitter adhesive vinyl
Stencil vinyl
Holographic iron-on vinyl
Mesh iron-on vinyl
Scrapbook paper
Sparkle and shimmer paper
Chipboard
Corrugated cardboard
Aluminum
Smart Iron-On
Infusible Ink pens and markers
Foil acetate
Washi sheets
Cricut BrightPad
Cricut Maker scoring wheels
Cricut Maker perforation blade
Cricut EasyPress mat
Basic adhesive vinyl
Patterned adhesive vinyl
Holographic adhesive vinyl
Everyday iron-on vinyl
Glitter iron-on vinyl
Mosaic iron-on vinyl
Foil embossed paper
Cardstock
Leather and faux leather
Kraft board
Smart Vinyl (adhesive)
Adhesive-backed paper
Infusible Ink transfer sheets
Party foil
Printable stickers & vinyl
Cricut Maker debossing tool
Cricut Maker wavy blade
Rolling craft tote
Permanent/outdoor adhesive vinyl
Mosaic adhesive vinyl
Adhesive foil vinyl
Foil iron-on vinyl
Patterned iron-on vinyl
SportFlex iron-on vinyl
Pearl paper
Poster board
Felt
Wood and veneer
Smart Label (writable adhesive vinyl)
Cricut Joy insert cards
Infusible Ink blanks
Window cling
Cricut Access subscription

(I also love to get vinyl and iron-on from Expressions Vinyl online. They have every kind of specialty and regular vinyl and iron-on at great prices! Also, sometimes you can find Cricut machines & accessories on Amazon, though usually the sales at Cricut.com make the prices better from Cricut directly.)


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Jessi Wohlwend

I believe that anyone can do crafts and DIY projects, regardless of skill or experience. I love sharing simple craft ideas, step by step DIY project tutorials, cleaning hacks, and other tips and tricks all with one goal in mind: giving you the tools you need to “do it yourself”, complete fun projects, and make awesome things!

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